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Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedApril 9th, 2019
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Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.
Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 This bill allows Medicare payment for home health services ordered by a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant. Currently, coverage is provided only for services ordered by a physician.
At the time that the medicare measure was written, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), like Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Physician Assistants (PAs), were not as prolific in the medical field. Today, many patients see NPs and PAs as their source of primary care. The current legislation requires physicians to take on additional patients solely for the purpose of meeting current legislative mandates. Current legislation prevents NPs and PAs, along with other APRNs from practicing to their full ability, and increases barriers to home health services that many patients need. This legislation needs to be updated to truly represent the needs of the people it is intended to serve. Stop overloading doctors, stop preventing APRNs and PAs from practicing to the top of their license, stop being a barrier to access to services for patients in need by voting for this legislation.